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  1. #1
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    Default Job Injury Resulting in Financial Hardship

    My husband fell off a roof 2 yrs ago while working. He ended up bed bound for about 6 months. He had surgery on his wrist elbow and 4 on his foot. The wc dr released him 3 weeks ago. He's got permanent disability in his left foot and ankle with nerve damage they said would not heal.
    We are at our wits ends. The only income we have is mine and it's not enough. We can't make ends meet ,and now we're about to be forclosed on. We don't know what to do.
    It's been so hard, and I wish it would all just end and i know he does too. I know he feels like he's worthless because I've been working and he can't. I feel like I should be doing more. I don't know what, but something.
    I don't know if I expect an answer on this post, if I'm just looking for someone to tell me it'll be alright, or just wanting to know I'm not alone.

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    Sahara,
    I truely believe all of us that has been on the workers comp roller coaster feels like this at points in our cases. I am so sorry you are having all of this difficulty. Can you get food stamps or any public assistance? I know that is some areas churches will help. Are you a member of a church in your area? I truly do not know anything I can say to make you feel better but just to let you know that most of us understand your situation. I know that my husband works very hard and is picking up all of the side jobs that he can to pay the bills. I am thankful to the lord for helping us and all of the prayers we have received have been a blessing. I will pray for you and your husband. It is easy for the IW to become depressed with all that you deal with being injured but it is also as difficult on our loved ones too. Try to hang in there and reach out to your public assistance programs to find out if there is anything they would be willing to do to help. Some of us do not like to ask for help but there are situations in life where you do need to ask. I promise you that you are not alone and I pray that you and your husband keep fighting and don't give up. Things will get better in time for all of us. God Bless!

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    sahara
    I've been working and he can't. I feel like I should be doing more. I don't know what, but something.
    This is why you shouldn't wait until you're in trouble to hire an attorney.
    You are entitled to wage loss and proper medical care, sounds like someone is jacking you guys.
    Hire an attorney pronto!!!!

    Tony
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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    I thank you for replying... it's good to feel that we're not alone.
    We have an attorney. As far as the wage loss he got that, but it's been cancelled since he's mmi now. The laywer finally called today, it was the first time we'd actually talked to him in months. Normally we only got the parallegals. They still don't have all the paperwork from workmans comp and the wc doc still hasn't given him a percentage of loss. He sat down and finally answered all of our questions. We were begining to think about hiring a different lawyer, but now he's explained what's going on we feel a little better about him.
    In the attorneys defense it's a huge file, several inches thick. The attorney said he's never seen one that thick. They almost amputated his foot due to some of the complications. So wc did give him medical treatment.
    Sometimes it just feels like the weight of the world is going to crush us. I know some of you feel the same, and it's helpful to know that we aren't alone. That there are other people who care, and that they know what it feels like.

    I know we'll make it through this somehow. We won't ever be the people we once were, and I'm ok with that. In fact, I think we might be better. We have learned to appreciate each other in ways we didn't before.



    And if my husband reads this.... Know that I still love you and you still make me laugh even when times are hard like now. I wouldn't give you up for the world.

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    If his Dr still says he cannot work, he could be eligible for state disability benefits, If your state has a program. It always helps to provide your state when you post.

    If he's been released at MMI and his employER cannot bring him back to work, he should be eligible for unimployment benfits, have you applied for those ?

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    Sahara,

    You are not alone, and there are many people who care about the plight of others..

    Has your husband applied for Social Security Disability and SSI (supplemental Security Income)? He can apply for both over the phone, just call social security. You may be eligible for other help. If you list your state, I will send you a list of resources that he may or may not be eligible for.

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    East state has a lot of resources available to assist those of us who, by no fault of our own, have fallen into financial difficulty. Let us know the state so we can be of assistance.
    Knowledge is a beneficial tool for the injured worker!

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    We are in a similar situation, the IME states not work related however the doctor states it is a direct result of the injury at work, they have stopped his w/c checks and we are living off of my income and we still have young children at home, it is tough but keep your head up and pray as much as you can..God will answer your prayers, he did mine.Just try to keep a positive attitude I know it is tough but just try.

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    http://www.patientadvocate.org/report.php?p=42

    Anyone can click the above link, and then scroll to your state. There is a list of resources that may help.

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    Default Re: I Don't Know How Much More We Can Take.what Can We Do

    Sahara, what state are you in? In NC, he would probably be entitled to continued work comp TTD payments.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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